Rearrange your top Jupas choices
For Bands A1 and A2, choose programmes that you love, but for which you are not certain that you will meet the entrance requirements. For Band A3, select a course that you like and for which you are sure you will meet the requirements.
Stick to your interests
Some students enrol in a major they have no interest in, simply because they think they're likely to get in. If you do not enjoy what you study, you will end up wasting four years. Transfers to other departments are not that easy, and you usually need strong results to get a transfer (which is not usually the case with students taking subjects they have no interest in).
Make your major a success
When deciding on a major, ask yourself what opportunities it will bring. Can you outpace others to get places on internships and exchange programmes? Simply getting into university is not enough; you have to take maximum advantage of those four years to ensure that you will have a successful career after graduation.
Prepare for interviews
Students whose results are a little short of the entrance requirements may be invited to an interview to prove they are worthy of a place at university. Look up faculty websites and online forums to find out what kind of graduates a university is looking for. Learn more about the university, and show that you're passionate about your programme. Read more English newspapers to improve your general knowledge. It's likely you will be asked to discuss a social issue in English as part of the interview.
Think twice before repeating
Ask yourself if the HKDSE is the right system for you, and if you are likely to do any better the second time around. If not, other modes of learning, such as an associate degree or higher diploma, might be a better way to earn you a university place through a non-Jupas scheme, after two years.
Advice from senior teaching fellow Alex Tham Koy-siong, who is responsible for admissions at City University of Hong Kong, and Josephine Kea, Academic Director of Business Administration Discipline, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education